Grateful Dead Live at Baltimore Civic Center on 1982-04-19
MAC (Taped by Steven Martin, modified Nakamichi CM-700 mics > Sony TC-D5M) > Nak Dragon playback > Cardas audiophile cables > HHB CDR 800 master CD > Samsung SW-232B extraction (EAC v0.9 beta 4) > tracking (CD Wave) > sector boundary verification (shntool v1.01) > .shn encoding (mkwACT v0.97 beta 1)
Subject: Careful up there
So there I am in the upper section at the truly brokedown 'palace' that was the Baltimore Civic Center. It's the end of the show, and I steal (I am SO SO Sorry!) a bedsheet with the Steal Your Face painted on it. The sheet had been tied to the railing of the upper deck. And I'm wearing this sheet like a cape and swaying back and forth, along with a dozen strangers, I mean lifelong friends. We are all just swaying to the music while standing at the railing, and being as careful as we can considering the situation. Then Bobby looked up at us (I mean, me) and said "Be careful up there." We went nuts. On the way home, my sister and I grabbed a bus near Mt. Vernon. Nobody onboard but a few deadheads, and one of em looks at me and yells "HEY! I sold you pot!" And he had, too, several months earlier. He's probably a doctor somewhere now.....
This was my second year of seeing the Dead, and maybe the best show I ever saw. They Love Each Other, Peggy-O were great to hear. It was a love-fest for a while, and then really rocked out on the Franklin/Estimated/Station -- well, you know the rest. GREAT show. Fantastic time. One of the most fun evenings of my entire life. Thank you everyone!
Subject: Nitrous Phil
Subject: Thematic Estimated Jam
Of course, the big news here is all that raven stuff from Phil, which is absolutely a must-hear.....anyone know of any other instances, besides Hartford the night before, where Phil or someone else went this sort of mad direction? And don't discard Jer's lovely post-Space ballads - Wheel and Stella are played so beautifully - particularly the former, as they hadn't quite started to double-time it like they did ad infinitum in the mid-80s.
One note on this recording: it's something else, let me tell you. I mean, it's really, REALLY clear - the vocals are crystalline to a point where every single tiny enunciation from Bobby and especially Jerry can be heard, and listen to Phil croak into that mic before his laughing madness begins....it's just weird to hear it so **up-front**, and with such a lack of surrounding audience noise - sometimes this puts me off from the first set, where the band doesn't seem to be getting a lot of feedback save Cumberland.
Subject: My-Oh-My. Another Great Sounding April Audience!
I'm surprised at the labeling of this source at only "AUD" and not FOB? Sure sounds like one to me. Could anybody get a clarification on this?
And really, could you get any wackier with that Raven Space? As long as I rotate a few hundred shows and hear it maybe once ever few years or so for laughs. That'd be fine. This is a tough show to gage at giving a four or five star rating. I wish Truckin' was a little more developed and exploratory. Having Stella > R&R as an ending don't help much. The second started well enough but, The Boyz just didn't finish me off by putting a sonic stake through my heart. This will have to be 4 1/2 I guess. That's too bad since there was so much promise for "stellardom" with the first set and the beginning of the second.
Subject: Awesome show balt police a little crazy afta show
Subject: gotta give 5....
they open with Jack Straw again and again it is another winner -- what can you say again? it is just one of their best songs. period. it gets up the brotherhood's blood..... the RECORDING is off the hook -- jerry sounds great again!! this is the "THE" THEY LOVE EACH OTHER of the tour....BRENT gets the first solo, he has all tour, AND FINALLY on the last night he has it down, and delivers a very clear idea -- he sounds in command of the band and they respond in kind carrying him through with a nice swell at 4:08... or is that just jerry's intro?.... of course it was his intro, who am i kidding? -- he let's go a gorgeous expose on melody and rhythm.... he opts out of the vocal and takes another turn -- this is a straight moonshot run back to the bridge, one long crescendo just for the feeling -- he bounces hot and cold vibrations off of the walls, the audience bounces along surrounded by wide-eyed goofballs coming off of a rush -- this is the GOOD MAGIC again...... they drift to the end on a cloud. i really like bobby's call for ON THE ROAD -- even if they hack it to pieces -- it all worked anyway -- Bobby puts the theatre in it...it is right. >>>>>>>>".........next time we'll figure out how to make that one longer......."
the wonderful song selections keep coming as peggy-o and cassidy give way to IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE ROSES. this song ALWAYS makes me want to listen to a show.... i love it that there is a band that would play this amazing song, occasionally, whenever it fucking felt like it and people would just fall away in rapture -- this was always the song where the core group sounded so perfectly in harmony on the vocals....JERR, BOBBY & PHIL could really make this song sound so good without any help -- IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE ROSES is BY FAR the most Under-rated, neglected of the band's songs -- it deserves its' own song.
CONTRAST: set II opens with an OK stranger.... immediately on its heels jerry launches the band into FRANKLIN'S TOWER -- his command of TEMPO is amazing -- the agonizingly slow roses in set one and then he is out there absolutely putting the whole band through their paces for the first .....15 full minutes of the tune before he barely plays a single lead... jerry is just playing very purposeful, relentless rhythm like a drummer -- in some respects it seems maniacal, in others, perfectly logical..... this tune is just an all-out romp. there is all kinds of nice picking that happens in the last few minutes before jerry guides everyone into ESTIMATED PROPHET: they hit the chorus after a long jam tonight, like they tried April 12.... IT WORKS PERFECTLY and they move into the best Terrapin of the tour on a big fluffy HASHISH cloud....
the rest of the set is all mandatory listening -- they were ON this night. check the Clugston SBD for the complete GOOD LOVIN. mostly i don't like the post PIGPEN version but bobby brings the tour to a very delightful end with his effort here -- i love every second.
Subject: Found out that i had a 2nd famly:
Clearly remember Jerry leaning back into a boquet of lights as he started Terrapin, weird 70's stripes on the side of the stage. The bridge is crisp, every note a hit! The place was like a single organism gyrating during good lovin'...Ahhh!
Subject: Raven Space
Subject: oh no! not the dentist
Sounds like the joint was jumpin'!
Subject: HOT HOT HOT
addendum to earlier review. I didn't give this show near enough credit the first time around. This show is an absolute mind bender. Every, and I mean EVERY song just flat out smokes. As for the sound quality, it is better than I first thought it was. I listened the second time around thru head phones. When I close my eyes, it is a dream come true. The Grateful Dead is playing a show right in my F***ing living room. I can't praise this show enough. 5 stars is no where near enough for this powerful show. I'm just totally blown away!!!!!!
Subject: Great Mix
Subject: Oh yea!
beautiful space, and yes Phil is wonderful!
Subject: This is the Grateful Dead for me
This show to me is the Grateful Dead!! To me that means youth, exuberance, love, life. It means freedom of expression and freedom of choice. The They love each other from this show was our song played at my wedding. To me this is the Grateful Dead. I highly recommend this show and this download! When u listen i will be with you. You may even hear me. I was in the eighth row!!! Whooop Whooop Whooooop!!!
Subject: good performance
Subject: good performance
Subject: Old Favorite
Subject: A Classic!
And what a show it was!
I guess opinions about shows are always colored by our experiences, and this experience was incinerated in my brain. :-)
Me, Rustamon, Big Steve, and John K jumped in John K's old Buick and blasted up 95 to Baltimore from Raleighwood the day of the show. No tickets, but it was not a problem getting in.
This show was the last on the tour. Although the set list is not particularly notable other than the well known Raven space, this show rocked from start to finish. Stranger was smokin, and the boys just did not let up for the rest of the set.
Everything about it was memorable, the haul ass trip up, the seedy part of town where the venue was located. The parking lot scene after the show was scary - people started lighting all these fireworks and Baltimore cops on huge horses just descended on us all.
I was 18 but it seems like yesterday. It was a dark night :-) in a dark place, a dark show, and man, I was riveted!!!
Although the SBD is better reviewed, I suggest you download this version. Either way, no collection is complete without a copy of this spectacular show!
Subject: Different Perspective
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